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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 2: Dak Prescott and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Prescott has an appealing matchup at home against the Falcons

After one week, fantasy owners may feel good — or they may feel a little panicky. Some players performed as expected (thank you Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson) and others were kind of a disappointment (Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott). Don't worry, it's just one week. Keep in mind that players were in their first real game against another team in as many as nine months. Some may still be in preseason form. While the rust should shake off soon, have confidence in the guys you drafted... but also watch the matchups and don't quite forget about Week 1 just yet.

 

For Week 2, some players look to be solid starting options. Others may be better suited to riding the pine for a week. Fantasy owners may not have that option, however, so make the best lineup decisions with the players on your team. Check the waiver wire as needed and hope for a better Week 2.

 

Week 2 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Start These Quarterbacks

 

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Cowboys did not look great (early) on "Sunday Night Football." Prescott threw for 266 yards and a touchdown, but it was really Ezekiel Elliott who was the only offensive spark in Week 1. The Cowboys face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, which should be a much better matchup. The Falcons' defense isn't great, and Prescott should be throwing the ball more. Shrug off Week 1 and start him in Week 2.

 

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings

In Week 1, Rivers threw for 363 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He looked competent, but not quite amazing. Rivers does get to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. The Vikings let Aaron Rodgers walk (really, throw) all over them, and Rivers should have similar (although maybe not quite as good) success. Rivers has found ways to move the ball, utilizing his running backs, as well as his wide receivers. He's a borderline QB1 for Week 2.

 

SIT These Quarterbacks

 

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Last week, the Eagles allowed the third-fewest yards to opposing quarterbacks. While that may be a result of the opponent (Dwayne Haskins Jr.), Goff didn't exactly look great in Week 1 against the Cowboys either. He didn't throw a touchdown, and Robert Woods accounted for 105 of his 275 yards. While Woods will obviously be there in Week 2, Goff needs to find a spark somewhere to get this offense going. He did throw an interception, but he needs to throw touchdowns. It's hard to believe that this will be the week that he'll be in the fantasy conversation.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

While not many fantasy owners may have been starting Fitzpatrick, this would definitely be the week to sit him, if possible. He was pretty terrible in Week 1 against a tough Patriots defense. He had three interceptions and fewer than 200 passing yards. Unfortunately for him, he gets the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Their defense is strong as well, and Fitzpatrick's receivers are banged up. DeVante Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury, Preston Williams has a knee injury and Jakeem Grant has a calf injury. None appear to be serious enough to keep them out, but missing practice time isn't going to help their connection with their quarterback.

 

START This Tight End

 

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Higbee saved some fantasy teams toward the end of 2019. He was drafted as a TE1, but he had just four receptions for 40 yards in Week 1. Goff didn't look great, and the pass catchers all suffered as a result. The good news for Higbee is that the matchup in Week 2 against the Eagles should be better, and he may get more snaps. Gerald Everett injured his back in Week 1. He'll likely draw a questionable tag, but even if he plays, this is Higbee's chance to prove that this should be his job.

 

SIT This Tight End

 

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings

Doyle was a popular late-round sleeper on draft day, with the logic being that Rivers loved to use his tight ends when he was with the Chargers. However, in Week 1, Doyle had just four targets. He caught three of them for 49 yards. Rivers seemed content to get the ball to Nyheim Hines when he was looking for a short pass, not Doyle. Add to it that Doyle missed practice on Wednesday with various leg injuries and it's enough to keep him on the bench in Week 2.

 

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets

Normally, fantasy owners try to shy against West Coast teams traveling east for an early Sunday game. However, the 49ers are playing the Jets. While anything can happen (maybe avoid the 49ers for a survivor pool if you're worried), it seems like this DST will be able to have their way with a team that lost its starting running back and has a quarterback that can't get the passing game going. Sam Darnold looked lost in Week 1, and the 49ers will ensure that continues in Week 2.

 

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals

Washington, depending on league scoring, was the top-rated DST for Week 1 and is currently owned in 14 percent of leagues (after the waiver run). It's early in the season, so it's hard to tell if Washington is actually good on defense or if Carson Wentz and the Eagles were just struggling. The team is loaded with first-round talent on the defensive line, leading to eight sacks — double the next best team last week. Honestly, I think it's the latter, but this week will be the test against the Arizona Cardinals. To start them would be a gamble, but it's a little too early in the season to be that risky.

 

— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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